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"How I celebrated the End of the World"

« Comment j'ai fêté la fin du monde »

"Wie ich das Ende der Welt gefeiert habe"

1989 in Central and Eastern European Cinemas

1989 dans le cinéma d'Europe Centrale et Orientale

1989 im Film Ostmitteleuropas

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Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

How do we look at the collapse of Communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe today, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall? By choosing 1989 as a starting point of reflection, this conference aims at questioning the way documentary and fiction films contribute to the understanding of both past and historical present and to provide a general overview on the relationship between cinema and post/communist society.

Announcement

Argument

The collapse of Communist regimes in 1989 is a rich source of inspiration for filmmakers. The world is big (Stephan Komandarev, Bulgaria, 2008), Cinema Komunisto (Mila Turajlic, Serbie, 2010) or Occupation. The 27th Image (Pavo Marinković, Croatia/Czech Republic, 2013) are some of the films that offer different perspectives on this fundamental turning point. How I Celebrated the End of the World (2006) is the title of a film made by Catalin Mitulescu, suggesting that the Romanian Revolution from 1989 was experienced as the disappearance of a world. How do we look at this world of cinema today, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall?

By choosing 1989 as a starting point of reflection, this conference aims at questioning the way documentary and fiction films contribute to the understanding of both past and historical present and to provide a general overview on the relationship between cinema and post/communist society. The expected contributions could deal with following questions but are not limited to:

  • Esthetical and historical depictions of the past; 
  • Cinema’s dialogue with other arts and media - television, photography, contemporary art;
  • Cinema and auto-reflexivity - films on cinema;
  • How the memory of the past tarnishes, circulates and is re-appropriated;
  • Phenomena like nostalgia, mourning, celebration;
  • Contexts of production, reception, distribution or generational views on the past;
  • Public agenda and taboos.

Submission guidelines

We are interested in contributions dealing with the case of German, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Polish, Czech, Slovak or Balkan cinemas. Prospective participants are invited to consider a particular case or to approach the topic from a comparative or a trans/disciplinary perspective.

The participation of young researchers is strongly encouraged.

An abstract in English, French or German of maximum 500 words and a short biography should be sent to 1989artmedia@gmail.com.

Deadline: June 1st, 2014. 

Date: October 24-25, 2014

Place: Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin.

Organizers

  • Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin (Alina Popescu, Perrine Val),
  • Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam (Richard Oehmig),
  • Centre de Recherche en Histoire Européenne Comparée, University Paris Est Créteil (CRHEC UPEC).

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Jérôme Bazin (University Paris Est Créteil),
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Lindenberger (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam),
  • Dr. Ania Szczepanska (University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne).

Places

  • Centre Marc Bloch - Friedrichstraße 191
    Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany (10117)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014

Keywords

  • cinéma, 1989, post-communisme, Europe centrale et orientale

Contact(s)

  • Perrine Val
    courriel : 1989artmedia [at] gmail [dot] com
  • alina popescu
    courriel : popescualinaa [at] yahoo [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Perrine Val
    courriel : 1989artmedia [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« "How I celebrated the End of the World" », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, https://calenda.org/286176

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